Three ACC Teams Earn NIT Bids

March 15, 2010

Hokies to host Quinnipiac in NIT

BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech will host Quinnipiac on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the first round of the 2010 National Invitation Tournament in Cassell Coliseum.

The Hokies, 23-8 on the season, are the top seed in their bracket, as announced Sunday night. The Bobcats are 23-9 on the season and were the regular season champions of the Northeast Conference. The winner of the Virginia Tech-Quinnipiac game will play the winner of the Connecticut-Northeastern game. If the Hokies win, that game would be played in Cassell Coliseum at a date and time to be announced.

Virginia Tech is one of four number-one seeds in the NIT this season. Arizona State, Illinois and Mississippi State are the other top seeds. Each of the top seeds are assured home games as long as they advance in the tournament until the semifinal round. The semifinal and final rounds will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., on March 30 and April 1.

This is the Hokies’ third consecutive trip to the NIT and their second top seed in the last three years. Tech advanced to the second round last season and the third round two years ago. The Hokies are 21-8 all-time in the NIT and won the 1973 and 1995 NIT Championships.

Tar Heels Play Host To William And Mary On Tuesday In NIT Opener

Chapel Hill - The University of North Carolina men's basketball team will play host to William and Mary on Tuesday, March 16, at 9:30 p.m. in Carmichael Arena in the opening round of the 2010 National Invitation Tournament.

The Tar Heels (16-16) are the No. 4 seed in their eight-team bracket. The Tribe is 22-10 and the fifth seed.

The winner of UNC-William and Mary will face the winner of No. 1 seed Mississippi State and No. 8 seed Jackson State.

This is Carolina's sixth NIT appearance and first since 2003. UNC also played in the event in 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1974, winning the NIT title in 1971.

William and Mary's head coach is Tony Shaver, who played for Coach Dean Smith's Tar Heels from 1972-75. Jonathan Holmes, a UNC guard from 1999-2003, also is an assistant coach for the Tribe.

NC State Men’s Basketball Earns Bid to NIT

RALEIGH, N.C. – After winning five of the last seven games and reaching the ACC Tournament semifinals, the NC State men’s basketball team was selected to play in the 2010 NIT. The Pack will be traveling to Tampa, Fla., and face South Florida of the Big East on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

NC State will be making its 11th appearance in the NIT, with the Pack finishing fourth or better a total of four times.

Coach Sidney Lowe will be making his second appearance in the NIT. In Lowe’s first season, NC State downed Drexel and Marist to advance to the quarterfinals before losing at West Virginia in 2007.

The Pack has been successful in tournaments during Lowe’s four seasons, as the Pack is currently 14-5 in both in-season and post season tournaments under Lowe.